‘You know what’s strange…I felt safer on the night of the riots, on the sidewalk in front of Stonewall, than I did in my own home town.’
Riot Act is a hard-hitting, hilarious and heart-warming exploration of the history of the LGBTQ rights movement.
Created from playwright and performer Alexis Gregory’s interviews with Michael-Anthony Nozzi, one of the only remaining Stonewall survivors; Lavinia Co-op, a 1970s London radical-drag artist; and Paul Burston, a prominent 1990s AIDS activist, this solo verbatim piece is a breathtaking journey through six decades of queer history.
Arriving at Arcola after a sold-out West End performance, and ahead of a UK Tour, Riot Act honours the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots – with the 30th June performance marking the actual anniversary weekend.
It’s going to be a riot!
“Verbatim theatre at its best...Gregory; a powerful presence, shows fierce awareness of his theatrical and political context” – The Stage
“As if possessed by the three men, Gregory gives a career defining performance ... This stand-out piece of theatre will become part of LGBT cultural heritage” – Attitude
“It has everything good art should have; it’s emotional, it’s honest, and it’s unignorably passionate” – QX Magazine
“Cohesive direction by Beadle-Blair reinforces the poignancy, passion and power of Gregory’s tour de force performance ... Riveting” – Boyz
“One of the most moving pieces of new queer writing currently being performed in London... Gregory gives a startlingly punchy, grounded and virtuosic performance” – The Spy In The Stalls
“Unforgettable. Gregory has done something magical with RIOT ACT” – A Younger Theatre
“Funny as well as moving, honest and truthful ... theatre at its simplest and at its best” – British Theatre Guide
“Theatre rarely gets as impactful as this....one to see and one to remember” – londontheatre.com
“An eye opening punch to the gut” – Broadway World
“Powerful and deeply moving” – Theatre Weekly
“Alexis Gregory has woven various themes together beautifully in his compelling performance in RIOT ACT ... A masterclass ... Absolutely riveting” – Queer Guru
“A stunning and deeply emotional performance ... A deeply profound production, deftly directed by Rikki Beadle-Blair” – remotegoat.com
“Powerful, heart-wrenching, thought-provoking, insightful, warm and funny too” – The Upcoming
“A heartfelt and respectful tribute to intergenerational gay activists ... Arresting and intelligent verbatim theatre ... Absolutely not to be missed” – arthursseat.com